Rock legends have a permanent home in Suwanee

A group of rock legends are permanently playing the Suwanee Town Center Stage, thanks to a local artist.

Muralist Kim Pitts donated his piece entitled ‘Suwanee Rocks’ to the City of Suwanee’s permanent art collection. The mural – depicting musicians Elton John, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Prince, Blondie, Paul McCartney, Elvis, Aretha Franklin, and Billy Joel – was installed on October 23, 2020 on the back of the Town Center Stage.

“I pass Suwanee all the time during my daily travels, and I saw that the city really committed itself to the arts. I’ve always loved the amphitheater and wanted to do a piece for it,” said Pitts.

Pitts approached the city about displaying his work. The artist proposed the location on the back of the stage wing after noticing the space while eating outside at Brown Bag Deli.

The 5’ x 10’ mural is painted on Dibond metal with heavy-bodied acrylic paint and has a value of $5,000. The inspiration for the piece came from Pitts’ 64-year-old brother Tommy, who can still be found rocking out with his band on the weekends. The little bird nestled in amongst the musicians is Pitts’ signature, and can be found on all of his work. It represents a little metal wind-up toy that was the artist’s favorite as a child.

A Georgia native, Pitts works out of his home studio in Buford, where he resides with his wife and two daughters. For more information about his work, visit KimseyArt.com. For more information regarding the City of Suwanee’s public art initiative, visit Suwanee.com.


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